Posted on 20 September 2008 by

The World’s First Tasty Seedless Tomato

By Vanessa Richins

I guess I’m just a big kid.

I love to place tomatoes in my mouth and squeeze until the seeds pop out.

There’s just something so amusing about doing this.

However, I wouldn’t be able to do that with one of Burpee’s new tomatoes for the 2009 season. Dubbed “Sweet Seedless,” it is the first tasty seedless tomato.

It took them 6 years to perfect the Sweet Seedless. In previous experiments, plant breeders had been able to produce tomatoes that were seedless, but they didn’t taste good, or have a good texture.

In addition to being tasty and seedless with a good texture, the Sweet Seedless is resistant to diseases and hardy.

This may bring a question to your mind. If the Sweet Seedless is indeed seedless (a tongue twister!), then how do you get the seeds to grow them? The answer lies in genetics. Through careful breeding, scientists can produce a plant type called a triploid. The fruit produced from these triploid seeds will be sterile and not produce mature seeds.

So why would you even really need seedless tomatoes? Evidently, some people have bad digestive reactions after eating tomato seeds. With Sweet Seedless, they would be able to enjoy tomatoes as much as we do. It would also make it easier for those who cook with tomatoes and prefer to take the seeds out.

Look for the Sweet Seedless to be featured in Burpee’s 2009 catalog. You can order your own copy.

Will you be buying “Sweet Seedless” seeds next year?

18 Responses to “The World’s First Tasty Seedless Tomato”

  1. our friend Ben Says:

    Aaaaagghhh!!! Yet another blow against seed-savers and self-sufficiency! As if hybrids weren’t enough. Bastards. But thanks, Vanessa, for alerting us to this new development. I’m sure it will be met by raves from all sides. Sigh…

  2. Vanessa Richins Says:

    Sigh, I know….but we can think about the people who now get to enjoy tomatoes when they couldn’t before? That’s one helpful trait. But yes…more hybridization. Pfffft.

  3. Lee in St. Louis Says:

    My father’s favorite food is the tomato. Unfortunately, he was recently diagnosed with diverticulitis (sp?), and foods with small seeds are on the foods to avoid list as you mention in your article. He will be pleased with seedless tomatos.

  4. JOHN Says:

    I too suffer from diverticoulitis . How and where do I get
    these small wonders ? Thankyou….

  5. Vanessa Richins Says:

    You should be able to order seeds from Burpee this year. For some of their tomatoes they also sell plants, but I don’t know if this will be one of them. 🙂

  6. Sanjay Says:

    It seems to be great. I want to know which verity is used for making sun dried tomato.
    where to get these seedless tomato. What is the sizes in which they are available

  7. suzi Says:

    my dad is 76 and has grown and eaten tamatoe for 75 of those years i mean we plant at least 5 doz plants for personal use he can no longer eat any kink of seeds and he refuses to deseed tamatoes so i hope these taste good cause i am going to try them for him thanks in advance suzi

  8. marie Says:

    I grew the Burpee seedless tomato for the first time this year and I must say they are so good they don’t most don’t make it into the house as I munch them while watering the yard. The last few I cut into a salad…well my mom kept walking by and swiping them from the salad and made me me promise to grow more.They are sooo sweet and mild.

  9. Rob Says:

    We grew our first ones.

    First, they do grow hearty and performed better than our other tomatoes, although we had terrible weather (lot of rain and then quickly a lot of 100 degree weather). A lot of splitting on all our tomatoes. I happen to have excellent taste buds and I know that I taste things other people don’t taste. I was just born this way, and even a smoker, so I have no clue why this is… maybe genetic, since mom was this way (not dad). I think I would be a good one at copycat recipes, but have never tired it.

    Anyway, enough of my bragging. The first one was a very small tomato and I suspect ripened too soon for some reason. It tasted like a cherry tomato with hardly any acid taste. However the rest (a little larger than the size of packaged hot-house tomatoes) has the excellent texture and the taste is good… not great. Far better than any tomato that you’ll find in a large commercial grocery store.

    The reason I point out my taste buds is that I can’t really put my finger on the taste of this tomato, but I would describe it this way: The acid has been partially replaced by something hot that is akin to a pepper. However, it is just a hint. So to give it the zing that we find in slicing tomatoes, that we don’t find in cherry tomatoes (or small salad tomatoes), it seems there is just a hint of something hot that probably most people will not detect.

    The Seeds: I was eager to compare this to the seedless watermelons. It’s possible the “little things” you see, may be deformed seeds but for the most part one could consider it seedless. Yes, I think this will be a big hit. The skin is tough enough to make it in transit to a grocery store so I also suspect we will be seeing them on our grocery shelves in a few years. Just like watermelons, I will like the seeded kind as best tasting. For me, it’s the beefsteak or the many heirloom tomatoes that are out there. And of course, no tomato can be compared to “true” vine ripened tomatoes (ones that are turning red on the vine where one has to protect the tenderness at this ripened state from birds… iow, just a day or two to the table).

  10. eddie Says:

    Well…….. I wish I had them today, I just spent hours seeding tomatoes to can for my mother in law who has the digestive problem…What a pain!!

  11. Floyd Says:

    I bought 10 seeds; gave 6 to a relative and kept 4. Three germinated; grew well in large pots. Lots of blossom end rot, which was not surprising for potted tomato plants. Must say I have not been impressed with the size; most are quite small when ripe; nor with the taste; OK but not to write home about. The skin is quite tough. I doubt that I will try them again. Floyd in Vienna VA

  12. elvisplt Says:

    someone can tell me where to get this seedless seed out of us. tq

  13. Joleena Says:

    WOW I had hoped there was a seedlees variety!!!! I have diverticulitis and can not eat anything with seeds and no nuts, or it could mean serious surgery! Life just isn’t the same without Tomatoes! Sandwiches don’t taste the same and I love just plain sliced tomatoes with a little salt as a snack!!!! This is great news for thousands of people that have this awful disease!!

  14. matt of maidstone Says:

    hi my mum is the world’s biggest tomato fan but she has diverticulitis can i buy these seeds in the uk

  15. allan Says:

    I bought seedless tomatoes for planting last year from Burpee. After all the trouble of growing them and nurturing them, they finally ripened. Unfortunately, they were not seedless. I was very disappointed. I too cannot eat any type of seeds so, I’m still looking.

  16. Andy Says:

    Same as Matt in Miadstone really, could really do with shipping to the UK as I am a huge tomato fan and since having diverticular disease am really missing them.
    Go on, You know you want to.

  17. Tony Says:

    My great uncle, Harry Bateson, invented a seedless tomato over 35 years ago in California. He created many hybrids at his Horticultural School at Palms Springs Ca. At that time there didn’t seem to be a demand for a seedless tomato.

  18. Roberta Salamon Says:

    I am so glad to see this. I asked a produce store manager about seedless tomatoes and he pompously said there was no such thing. I told him my father in law used to grow them in Florida. He said I was wrong – that he had been in produce for over twenty years and knows what he is talking about. Wait til I see him next time.

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